Friday, September 9, 2011

Three Lanterns - Thank You Pier One Imports!

I shift my furniture around like most people change shoes.  I have always had this issue.  I can't fully explain the affliction.  I use to think it was because the furniture I had wasn't working, thus leading me to shift it around in a need to find a solution.  But now that I have a grouping that I adore, I still find myself doing this, so I surmise it is just me needing a change. 

The good news here is when I switch the furniture, it gives me a chance to thoroughly vacuum and spot clean my area rugs.  It makes the room seem fresher. It make me feel better.  My family watches with those faces that read, "Here she goes again!"  Oh well, at least they try and hide the face and most of the time help with the heavy lifting. 

There is a lot going on in my living room.  I have a total of 11 different fabrics with varying patterns all in one color palette.  I also have a few hand painted pieces in the room and lime green walls to top it all off.  So when I set out to find something fresh for my coffee table, I thought I was in for a challenge. 

I got lucky at my first stop, Pier One Imports.  I knew I wanted something neutral, but striking and when I saw these lanterns I got excited.  The height was perfect and wouldn't block the view of the television. (I have had this problem before and my family lets me know it!)  My hesitation was that a lantern by itself was too small for the space on this huge pine coffee table.  I needed something clean and simple.  I just didn't want to add a bunch of accents.  I wanted it uncluttered.  What's a girl to do....thinking thinking thinking..... 

Then I came up with it!  Since they were on a super duper markdown, I would buy three of them and set them side by side!! Yeah! Me!  Great idea!!  Making sure I could return them, I purchased them, ran home, tried them out, loved them and returned for candles.  (This only after stopping at the Dollar Store to find no candles.)

Lucky me again!  I found three plain white citronella candle on the summer clearance rack for 2 bucks a piece.  They had this summer yellow and lime paper on them, but I knew I could change that.  Got home, cut up some strips of burlap, tied them off with jute, and wallah!  Perfect! 

I used a natural reed table runner on top of with the backside of another, wider, fabric table cover that I picked up a while back at a yard sale.  I love the way they turned out and love the new furniture layout.  Fun.

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14 comments:

Ranger 911 said...

Very cozy. I just want to plop myself down on that chair, feet on the table, coffee in hand, and look at my never ending pile of decorating magazines!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a lovely decor! Very cozy and serene. Gorgeous setting. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

KAT said...

this table-scape with the three lanterns is fabulous !!1 I love it so much I'm like you...I love to re-arrange furniture too

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love your pretty lanterns! Great find. I am in awe of 11 different fabrics! I have a terrible time pulling that look off!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Love the lanterns and how you changed up the candles.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So pretty and cozy! Martina

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Omg once again we are alike! I change my furniture so much my family thinks I'm crazy. I just like the change and cleaning opportunity. Sound familiar! It makes me feel like I've created something. We gotta meet sometime girl. This is too weird.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'm laughing because I just moved my couch for the first time in 16 years! Love the new arrangement. Better not get too used to it though...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are going to love having those lanterns. They are wonderful, and I like the burlap around the candles!

Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Robin said...

Love the look of the lanterns. I noticed your backyard in the picture and I thought it looked like Florida. Checked your profile and sure enogh. I guess we are the only ones who have our pools open!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a spooktacular tablescape!

I created a mad scientists lab this past Monday. I hope you'll come by for a peek and shriek. :)

Sweetladyelaine said...

Love your lanterns! Perfect for a change...
Blessings My Friend,

Elaine said...

I love the shape of those lanterns! Abount a month ago I went to our local parade of homes, and the trend was three of the same item. I saw it on dining room tables, and kitchen bars, and coffee tables! Love what you did with the candles and the runner is perfect, adding texture and a natural element. Very cool.

Lisa Montsion said...

Your so creative. I love how you put furniture in different places to make your rooms more beautiful.

lisa